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Starting in July 2018, Vaccination News will no longer be manually updating the news because I can no longer afford to do it and I get almost no financial help.  I have tried numerous solutions, including charging $10/yr but even that was too much for but a few people.

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I welcome the opportunity to continue as before by receiving the necessary funding, so am giving everyone enough of heads up to possibly come up with it.  Costs, including legal and technical fees, are about $20,000/year, most of which I have been covering for many years.

All the best,

Sandy Gottstein

President, Vaccination News, A Non-Profit Corporation

All the News Posted March 16-18, 2008

Posted March 18, 2008


* ►April 2008 - SLC25A12 expression is associated with neurite outgrowth and is upregulated in the prefrontal cortex of autistic subjects - journal article (Molecular Psychiatry)

* ►April 2008 - Selective elimination of mutant mitochondrial genomes as therapeutic strategy for the treatment of NARP and MILS syndromes - journal article (Gene Therapy) - "Mitochondrial diseases are not uncommon, and may result from mutations in both nuclear and mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA)."

►April 2008 - Rates of evolutionary change in viruses: patterns and determinants - journal article (Nature Reviews Genetics)

►April 2008 - Heritability in the genomics era — concepts and misconceptions - journal article (Nature Reviews Genetics)

►April 2008 - The link between allergic rhinitis and chronic otitis media with effusion in atopic patients. - journal article (Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America)

►April 2008 - Immunogenetic characteristics of immunoglobulin E in allergic disease - journal article (Clinical & Experimental Allergy)

►April 2008 - Probiotics in infancy induce protective immune profiles that are characteristic for chronic low-grade inflammation - journal article (Clinical & Experimental Allergy)

►April 2008 - IL4 gene delivery to the CNS recruits regulatory T cells and induces clinical recovery in mouse models of multiple sclerosis - journal article (Gene Therapy)

* ►March 28, 2008 - Parent-collected respiratory specimens—A novel method for respiratory virus and vaccine efficacy research - journal article (Vaccine)

►March 28, 2008 - A CpG oligodeoxynucleotide acts as a potent adjuvant for inactivated rabies virus vaccine - journal article (Vaccine)

►March 28, 2008 - Re-emergence of pertussis in Slovenia: Time to change immunization policy - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►March 19, 2008 - Health Research and the HIPAA Privacy Rule - journal article (JAMA)

* ►March 19, 2008 - Epigenetics at the Epicenter of Modern Medicine - journal article (JAMA)

* ►March 19, 2008 - Epigenetics a Window on Gene Dysregulation, Disease - journal article (JAMA)

►March 19, 2008 - Intellectual Disability - journal article (JAMA)

►March 19, 2008 - Delivery of Genomic Medicine for Common Chronic Adult Diseases - journal article (JAMA)

►March 19, 2008 - Key Internet Genetics Resources for the Clinician - journal article (JAMA)

►March 19, 2008 - Genomic Profiles for Disease Risk - journal article (JAMA)

►March 19, 2008 - Babies by Design: The Ethics of Genetic Choice (book review) - journal article (JAMA)

►March 19, 2008 - Enhancing Evolution: The Ethical Case for Making Better People (book review) - journal article (JAMA)

►March 19, 2008 - The Ethics of Bioethics: Mapping the Moral Landscape (book review) - journal article (JAMA)

►March 19, 2008 - Genetics: the Basics - journal article (JAMA)

* ►March 18, 2008 - Vietnam military to test bird flu vaccine on humans - Reuters - "The Company for Vaccine and Biological Production No.1, known as Vabiotech, said in its statement that the vaccine used for poultry would be 1.5 microgram per dose, or one tenth the dose for humans."

* ►March 18, 2008 - FDA Halts Merck Hepatitis B Vaccine Trial - Pharmalot

* ►March 18, 2008 - Combination Vaccines Hold Potential in the South African Paediatric Vaccine Market - Business Wire via MaketWatch - "Combination vaccines allow a higher coverage rate due to the lower number of injections needed per immunisation. Parents don't have to queue several times at clinics to ensure their child's proper vaccination, since some of these combined vaccines can contain as many as seven different antigens. Combination vaccines also contain less antigen, but induce the appropriate immune response needed for full protection."

* ►March 18, 2008 - $25 And Up: Bill Proposes New Disclosure Rules - Pharmalot - "That’s right. If a drugmaker or device maker gives docs payments or gifts worth more than $25, they would be required to disclose the info on their web sites. The bill, known as the Physician Sunshine Act, or HR 5605, was introduced into Congress by two Democrats, Pete DeFazio of Oregon and Pete Stark of California, and serves as a companion to a Senate bill."

* ►March 18, 2008 - Ten Million Baby Boomers Predicted To Be Hit By Alzheimer’s - - "The cause is unknown but increasingly pointing to environmental causes, metals in our environment, particularly mercury also found in our inoculations and in our air that accumulate over time."

* ►March 18, 2008 - Patient safety guidelines fall short of telling doctors when to say 'sorry' - The Globe And Mail - "The first national guidelines telling doctors, nurses and others how to inform patients they have suffered harm while receiving medical treatment are to be released Tuesday, though there is a sticking point over how – or even whether – to use the word “sorry.”

* ►March 18, 2008 - The Devil Made Him Do It. Or Was It Paxil? - Pharmalot

►March 18, 2008 - Solving an avian scourge could also provide benefits to human health - Arizona State University via EurekAlert! - “What if you could get one vaccine to fight against a group of bacteria?” said Mellata. “We came up with a project where we would protect chickens, not only from E. coli infection but also Salmonella, and in doing so, improve human health.”

►March 18, 2008 - FDA Drug Chief Janet Woodcock Is A Change Agent? - Pharmalot

►March 18, 2008 - Cerebral palsy cases on the rise: doctor - Gulf Times

►March 18, 2008 - Compliance Program Guidance Manual Imported CBER-Regulated Products 7342.007 - FDA/CBER

►March 18, 2008 - FDA Drug Safety Newsletter - FDA/CDER

►March 18, 2008 - Vytorin And Zetia For Children? Not Yet, But… - Pharmalot

►March 18, 2008 - New insights into the diversity of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease agents - PLoS Pathogens via Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

►March 18, 2008 - Preparing for a domestic disaster - The Daily News Tribune

►March 18, 2008 - BD GeneOhm(TM) MRSA Assay Part Of Largest U.S. Study Using Universal Active Surveillance To Significantly Reduce MRSA Infection Rates - BD Diagnostics via Medical News Today - "BD, a leading global medical technology company that manufactures and sells medical devices, instrument systems and reagents, is dedicated to improving people's health throughout the world. BD is focused on improving drug therapy, enhancing the quality and speed of diagnosing infectious diseases, and advancing research and discovery of new drugs and vaccines."

►March 18, 2008 - Universal Surveillance for Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus in 3 Affiliated Hospitals - journal article (Annals of Internal Medicine)

►March 18, 2008 - TB killed 1.7mn globally in 2006: WHO - Zee News

►March 18, 2008 - Finding drugs to combat super bugs - San Francisco Chronicle

►March 18, 2008 - Take precautions to avoid West Nile virus - The Daily Advertiser

►March 18, 2008 - CVS Settles Whistleblower Case Over Switching - Pharmalot

►March 18, 2008 - Researcher gets grant to study evolution of diseases - The Whig Standard Ontario, CA

►March 18, 2008 - Doctors Use Estrogen to Treat Memory Loss in Older Women (free content) - The Wall Street Journal

* ►March 18, 2008 - The Short Good-Bye – Day Twenty-One of the Autism Omnibus Proceeding – Snyder v. the Secretary of Health and Human Services by Kent Heckenlively, Esq. - Age of Autism

* ►March 18, 2008 - The State of Autism in the State of Illinois by Ed Arranga - Age of Autism

* ►March 18, 2008 - Chantal Sicile-Kira Interviews Kim Stagliano on Autism One Radio - Age of Autism

* ►March 18, 2008 - Plastic Easter Eggs Linked to Lead Paint - The Associated Press via Google - "Sen. Sherrod Brown, an Ohio Democrat and commission critic who has kept up with the Ashland research, asked the CPSC in a letter Thursday to review the campus work. 'Consumers believe the government is looking out for them,' he told The Associated Press. 'The government hasn't done its job.'"

* ►March 18, 2008 - Genes Point to Varied Diabetes Subtypes - AP via The Times,

* ►March 18, 2008 - Swedish hospital hosts HCV vaccine trial - Hospital Healthcare Europe - "Twelve patients are expected to be enrolled in the trial, divided into three dose groups administered with increases doses of the drug, called ChronVac-C, and manufactured by Swedish pharmaceutical company Tripep AB."

* ►March 17, 2008 - Severe West Nile Infection May Lead to a Lifetime of Symptoms (requires registration) - Reuters Health via Medscape - "'People who have the greatest sequelae are those (who) had the most severe form of the disease, which is encephalitis,' lead investigator Dr. Kristy O. Murray from University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston noted in a telephone interview with Reuters Health ahead of the meeting. 'Seventy-seven percent of those with encephalitis have persistent neurologic exams that are abnormal.'"

Belkin Theory (comment): Brain inflammation from disease complications (measles, chickenpox, west nile, etc). is the same thing as brain inflammation from viral or bacterial vaccine adverse reaction. Vaccine doctors are causing the same thing they are taking credit for eliminating.

* ►March 17, 2008 - Eli Lilly "Smoking Gun" E-mail Promotes Off-Label Use of Zyprexa - Alliance for Human Research Protection

* ►March 17, 2007 - Tamiflu recommendations for children disregard scientific evidence - Alliance for Human Research Protection

* ►March 17, 2008 - Facts for Parents on Autism & Vaccine Safety from the AAP - Pediatric Health Associates Blog

* ►March 17, 2008 - Vaccine and Autism link in court!!!…Not!!!… - Pharmacy News - Comment "The fact remains that vaccines cause far more problems than reported in the press. Yes I am an ‘alternative’ therapist, also idealistic and after forty years in practice I have proven to countless people that our work is far more effective than most, but not all, chemical therapies. In my small practice alone, the common MMR vaccine has been the cause of of ‘locked joints’ in teenage patients who were vaccinated in childhood. This was not my diagnosis, I had to admit I had no idea why a girl in perfect health could not straighten her elbow and another had to limp while walking. The father of one of the girls admitted that the specialist mentioned mercury. Of course it is not cut and dried but there is no doubt that such cases do not make it into the public forum. Are the developers of these ‘medicines’ researching the side effects and the thousands of reports, or putting them into the basket reserved for ‘quacks comments’ like mine?"

* ►March 17, 2008 - Schools balance students' appetite for peanuts, allergy worries - The Enterprise - "Nationwide, 6 to 8 percent of infants and school-age children have food allergies and 1.2 percent of children are allergic to peanuts, said Dr. Michael Young, a physician at South Shore Allergy and Asthma and author of “The Peanut Allergy Answer Book.” The percentage of adults is far lower. Young and other medical experts say changes in American health habits – including vaccinations and a focus on cleanliness and germ control – may be changing our ability to fight off allergens."

* ►March 17, 2008 - Elective termination of pregnancy after vaccination reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS): 1990–2006 - journal article (Vaccine) - "Under-reporting of ETP in VAERS could be substantial. More attention may be needed to assess the likelihood of pregnancy when administering vaccines to women with child-bearing potential, and to inform women who learn they are pregnant shortly after being immunized of current information on risks."

* ►March 17, 2008 - More alternative meds fans get jabs - BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine via Health 24 - "Perhaps, she explained, these adults tend to use CAM as a complement to their regular medical care rather than a replacement for it. "We did notice that people who had used CAM in the past 12 months did make more doctor visits to their other physicians," Stokley said."

* ►March 17, 2008 - Modified Virus Vaccine Shows Promise In Mouse Model Of Breast Cancer - NIH/National Cancer Institute (NCI) via Biocompare

* ►March 17, 2008 - Adverse drug reactions a big killer - Bad reactions to pharmaceuticals account for 3% of deaths in Sweden. - news (Nature)

* ►March 17, 2008 - Legislators battle for health care mandates - Measures would add just pennies to policies, they say, but proposals meet resistance from insurers. - Star-Banner via - "Sen. Steve Geller, D-Cooper City has made the top priority of his last year in the Legislature an effort to get insurance companies to provide $36,000 a year of therapy for autistic children up to the age of 18. "I find it a national disgrace that in the wealthiest country in the world we are somehow determining that we are going to condemn children to a life of being non-functioning citizens because we can't provide them with the therapy that they need," he said."

►March 17, 2008 - Avian, human flu coinfection reported in Indonesian teen - CIDRAP News

►March 17, 2008 - U.S. Military Headed For The Border To Protect Us Or What? - PHX News - "In an article written by Frank Morales in the late fall of 2006 pointed out that the current President (Bush), "enforcement of the laws to restore public order" means to commandeer guardsmen from any state, over the objections of local governmental, military and local police entities; ship them off to another state; conscript them in a law enforcement mode; and set them loose against "disorderly" citizenry - protesters, possibly, or those who object to forced vaccinations and quarantines in the event of a bio-terror event."

►March 17, 2008 - Drug Sales Armies Beat Slow Retreat (free content) - The Wall Sweet Journal

►March 17, 2008 - Depressed Residents Make Medication Errors - A study of pediatric residents links medication errors to depression, but not to burnout. - journal article (Journal Watch Psychiatry)

►March 17, 2008 - CSC Continues Support of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Through New Task Order - Computer Sciences Corporation via PRNewswire-FirstCall via RT Magazine - "Computer Sciences Corporation (NYSE: CSC) announced today that it has been awarded a task order from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to continue developing and supporting the National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS) Base System (NBS). The system helps the CDC manage and enhance public health surveillance at federal, state and local levels through electronic data exchange."

►March 17, 2008 - Side Effect Discovered with New Painkillers - Neuron via Ivanhoe

►March 17, 2008 - How we judge the thoughts of others - Brain division could help explain stereotyping, religious conflict and racism. - news (Nature)

►March 17, 2008 - Individual case safety reports in children in commonly used drug groups - signal detection - journal article (BMC Clinical Pharmacology)

* ►March 15, 2008 - ACS Releases Guidelines for HPV Vaccination - American Cancer Society via American Family Physician - "Author disclosure: Dr. Cox is a member of the data and safety monitoring board for the Merck quadrivalent HPV vaccine trials. Dr. Mahoney is a member of the advisory board and speakers bureau for Merck &  Co. Inc. Dr. Moscicki is a member of the speakers bureaus for Merck & Co. Inc. and GlaxoSmithKline."

►March 14, 2008 - Beyond PrPres Type 1/Type 2 Dichotomy in Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (full text) - journal article (PLoS Pathogens)

►March 11, 2008 - The varicella zoster virus vasculopathies - journal article (Neurology)

►March 11, 2008 - Exposure to diesel exhaust induces changes in EEG in human volunteers - journal article (Particle and Fibre Toxicology)

►March 4, 2008 - Advances in allergic skin disease, anaphylaxis, and hypersensitivity reactions to foods, drugs, and insects in 2007. - journal article (The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology)

* ►March 2008 - Blood safety: Opportunities and challenges addressed through Critical Path research at FDA (pdf) - journal article (Drug Discovery Today: Technologies) - "Scientists in OBRR are evaluating products under development for detecting latent human and animal infections with TSE agents. Such tests might serve as screens to reduce the TSE risk from vaccines, human cellular and tissue products and blood products. Studies also are being done to evaluate the susceptibility to TSE infection of different types of cells currently in use or proposed for use to manufacture vaccines and other biologics. Additionally, the ability of various manufacturing processes and decontamination methods to eliminate TSE infectivity is being evaluated."

* ►March 2008 - Trends in national incidence, lifetime prevalence and adrenaline prescribing for anaphylaxis in England - journal article (Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine) - "Recorded incidence, lifetime prevalence and prescribing of adrenaline for anaphylaxis all showed substantial increases in recent years. An estimated 1 in 1,333 of the English population have at some point in their lives experienced anaphylaxis."

* ►March 2008 - Clinical assessment of asthma progression in children and adults. - journal article (The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology) - "It begins early in life in many subjects with intermittent symptoms occurring with viral respiratory tract infections. Over time, and in genetically susceptible children (those with an atopic predisposition), the disease becomes more persistent with symptoms occurring in the absence of respiratory tract infections."

►March 2008 - Eight years of hepatitis B vaccination in Colombia with a recombinant vaccine: factors influencing hepatitis B virus infection and effectiveness - journal article (International Journal of Infectious Diseases)

►March 2008 - Effect of genomic variation in the challenge virus on the neutralization titres of recipients of inactivated JE vaccines – Report of a collaborative study on PRNT50 assays for Japanese encephalitis virus (JE) antibodies - journal article (Biologicals)

►March 2008 - Purification and cDNA cloning of a novel protease inhibitor secreted into culture supernatant by MDCK cells - journal article (Biologicals)

►March 2008 - Assessment of visual performance in the evaluation of new medical products (pdf) - journal article (Drug Discovery Today: Technologies)

►February 29, 2008 - Minneapolis girl's flu death happened within hours - News of the first Minnesota child's death from the illness this season has prompted authorities to set up more vaccination clinics. - Star Tribune

►February 4, 2008 - Current and future antiviral therapy of severe seasonal and avian influenza. - journal article (Antiviral Research)

* ►February 2008 - Cluster of "SIDS" deaths in north Idaho prompt parents to blame vaccines; doctors, government deny vaccine link - The deaths of three infants in Coeur d’Alene in September and October, 2007, within a few days of their four- month vaccines, prompted one of the mothers to fight back. - Idaho Observer

Comment:  For more on SIDS and vaccines, go to: IOM testimony, speech, Scandals: Infant Vaccine Deaths - But Who's Counting? (No news is NOT good news.)

►February 2008 - Allergies to sulfonamide antibiotics and sulfur-containing drugs. - journal article (Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology)

►Volume 59, 2008 - The FDA critical path initiative and its influence on new drug development. - journal article (Annual Review of Medicine)

►November 15, 2007 - Association of Black Carbon with Cognition among Children in a Prospective Birth Cohort Study - journal article (American Journal of Epidemiology)

►March 2007 - Monogenic Forms of Diabetes: Neonatal Diabetes Mellitus and Maturity-onset Diabetes of the Young - National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse

►September 8, 2006 - Translocation and potential neurological effects of fine and ultrafine particles a critical update - journal article (Particle and Fibre Toxicology)

►August 2006 - Translocation of Inhaled Ultrafine Manganese Oxide Particles to the Central Nervous System - Environmental Health Perspectives

►June 2006 - Oxidative stress and neurodegeneration: where are we now? - journal article (Journal of Neurochemistry)

►2005 - Combustion-derived nanoparticles: a review of their toxicology following inhalation exposure. (pdf) - journal article (Particle and Fibre Toxicology)

►2004 - Translocation of inhaled ultrafine particles to the brain - Inhalation Toxicology via

►December 15, 2003 - Cardiovascular Mortality and Long-Term Exposure to Particulate Air Pollution - journal article (Circulation)

►November 10, 2003 - Terbutaline Is a Developmental Neurotoxicant: Effects on Neuroproteins and Morphology in Cerebellum, Hippocampus, and Somatosensory Cortex (full text) - journal article (Journal of Pharmacology And Experimental Therapeutics)

►June 1, 2003 - Oxidative stress and calcium signaling in the adverse effects of environmental particles (PM10). - journal article (Free Radical Biology & Medicine)

►October 2000 - Association of fine particulate matter from different sources with daily mortality in six U.S. cities - Environmental Health Perspectives


Posted March 17, 2008


* ►April 2008 - Message from the Editor-in-Chief concerning Medical Veritas®: The Journal of Medical Truth (pdf) (free access) - journal article (Medical Veritas)

* ►April 2008 - Gastrointestinal comorbidity, autistic regression and Measles-containing vaccines: positive re-challenge and biological gradient (pdf) - journal article (Medical Veritas)

* ►April 2008 - Polio eradication: experts have misled us (pdf) - journal article (Medical Veritas)

* ►April 2008 - Interview with Dr. Mark Geier and David Geier: Decreasing trends in autism and neurodevleopmental disorders following decreasing use of Thimerosal-containing vaccines (pdf) - journal article (Medical Veritas)

* ►April 2008 - Interview with Dr. Boyd E. Haley: Biomarkers supporting mercury toxicity as the major exacerbator of neurological illness, recent evidence via the urinary porphyrin tests (pdf) - journal article (Medical Veritas)

* ►April 2008 - Thimerosal—what the Lister Hill transcript did not clearly state! (pdf) - journal article (Medical Veritas)

* ►April 2008 - The FDA’s acceptance of Brachman’s 1950’s anthrax research: Good politics? Maybe. Good science? No. (pdf) - journal article (Medical Veritas)

* ►April 2008 - Autism Spectrum Disorders: How medical, societal, educational and environmental changes have contributed to an epidemic (pdf) - journal article (Medical Veritas)

* ►April 2008 - Thimerosal: Proven systemic human poison, immunogen and autoimmunogen, and suspect human, proven animal tertatogen (mutagen) (pdf) - journal article (Medical Veritas)

* ►April 2008 - Critical evaluation of the Defeat Autism Now! (DAN!) biomedical intervention in autism: A parent perspective (pdf) - journal article (Medical Veritas)

* ►April 2008 - Interview with Dr. Kenneth P. Stoller: Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), Autism, Aspartame and Mercury (pdf) - journal article (Medical Veritas)

►April 2008 - Autism as a Minamata disease variant: analysis of a pernicious legacy (pdf) - journal article (Medical Veritas)

►April 2008 - Interview with Dr. Dan A. Rossignol: Hyperbaric oxygen therapy may improve symptoms in autistic children in Medical Hypotheses (pdf) - journal article (Medical Veritas)

►April 2008 - Dissecting Known Factors in Autistic Spectrum Disorders: Introduction to the 18th European Conference of Neuro-Developmental Delay in Children with Specific Learning Difficulties (Chester, U.K., March 18/19, 2006) (pdf) - journal article (Medical Veritas)

►April 2008 - A child’s journey away from autism (pdf) - journal article (Medical Veritas)

►April 2008 - Interview with Shannon Kenitz: from a prognosis of death—to thriving via hyperbaric oxygen therapy (pdf) - journal article (Medical Veritas)

►April, 2008 - Mitochondrial complex III regulates hypoxic activation of HIF - journal article (Cell Death and Differentiation)

►April, 2008 - Examining the causes of AIDS - journal article (Cell Death and Differentiation)

* ►March 24/31, 2008 - Letters to the Editor - Predominance of hospitalists has quality assurance implications - Motherhood is daunting but should not be recast as a disease - - "The list of diagnoses reflects our efforts to build fantasyland in a fallen world and to accomplish it via increasing bureaucracy. Our determination to label human struggle as disease will soon make Huxley's Brave New World appear to be a child's bedtime story. --Carol K. Tharp, MD, Winnetka, Ill."

* ►March 24/31, 2008 - Is their integrity on the line when doctors pitch products? - Paid endorsements pose conflicts, some physicians and ethicists say. -

* ►March 24/31, 2008 - House passes mental health parity bill - Doctors object to a funding provision that would ban physician referrals to hospitals in which they have an ownership stake. -

* ►March 24/31, 2008 - New Web site on imaging safety draws criticism - A firm hired by health plans to limit imaging is issuing radiation-exposure estimates for CT scans. Some worry patients will avoid the tests. -

►March 24/31, 2008 - Heparin recall has doctors watching supply - Enough is on hand, and doctors are cautiously optimistic that quality problems with one manufacturer will not cause major disruptions. -

►March 24/31, 2008 - Students lose empathy for patients during medical school - Researchers found that female medical students showed more compassion than male students. -

►March 24/31, 2008 - Getting paid for prevention: Physicians facing coding challenges - Promises of payment for managing chronic illness and preventing disease have doctors struggling to track and bill for both "well" and "sick" care. -

►March 24/31, 2008 - Subpoenas issued to insurers in New York rate-setting probe - The New York attorney general wants to talk to several health plans that used data from UnitedHealth Group's subsidiary Ingenix to determine out-of-network payments. -

►March 24/31, 2008 - Physicians face Medicaid's April 1 deadline for tamper-proof Rx pads - Doctors must use pads with at least one security feature by next month and three features by Oct. 1. -

►March 24/31, 2008 - How to manage without micromanaging -

►March 24/31, 2008 - Colorado Senate OKs increase, changes to state's liability cap - Physicians pledge to fight the measure as it heads to the state House. But trial lawyers support it. -

►March 24/31, 2008 - Question for patients: What's in your medicine chest? - Prescription drug abuse is a serious public health threat. Urging patients to take steps to protect their medicines is an important way to control it. -

►March 24/31, 2008 - Looking for service opportunities? Focus on global health - A message to all physicians from AMA President Ronald M. Davis, MD. -

►March 24/31, 2008 - States battle obesity epidemic with new laws - The focus of much of the legislation is on making communities more conducive places for healthy eating and physical activity, particularly for children. -

►March 24/31, 2008 - News in brief: Health & Science - Sleep loss reported - More use sought for sickle-cell drug - Macular degeneration linked to stroke, heart attack -

►March 24/31, 2008 - News in brief: Government & Medicine - Senate passes Indian Health Service bill with physician bonuses - Economy trumps war, health care in voter poll - Army makes progress in helping disabled soldiers - States say Medicaid rules could cost them $50 billion -

►March 24/31, 2008 - News in brief: Professional Issues - Doctors Company to refund premiums - Study finds 10% of Bay State patients are harmed by medication errors - Retail clinic agrees to AAFP standards -

►March 24, 2008 - Mysteries and Complications (includes video) - Autism is everywhere—once again. Separating fact from fear as the courts and Hollywood wade in. - Newsweek - "Over the years, the autism community has divided into camps, often with conflicting ideas about how to view and treat the disorder. Elizabeth Horn, president of the Autism Recovery Consortium, believes vaccines may play a role. Kids "slip away after getting these shots," she says."

* ►March 18, 2008 - Vaccines may reduce need for pap smears - PAP smears to check for cervical cancer may be needed less frequently for women immunised against a virus that can cause the disease, an expert report suggests. -

* ►March 18, 2008 - Antimeasles steps still spotty at colleges - The Yomiuri Shimbun - "The surge in measles at universities last year was party attributable to a decline that began in the 1990s. Even if one has been vaccinated against measles, the acquired antibodies will gradually weaken if an individual is not exposed to the virus."

* ►March 17, 2008 - Dynavax and Merck & Co., Inc. Report Clinical Hold of Investigational Vaccine HEPLISAV - Dynavax to Hold Conference Call Today, Monday, March 17, at 4:30 p.m. EDT - press release - Dynavax Technologies Corporation and Merck & Co., Inc. via Business Wire via PRWeb - "The FDA has placed the clinical hold on the investigational vaccine because of a serious adverse event (SAE) that occurred in one subject who received HEPLISAV in a Phase 3 study being conducted outside the United States."

* ►March 17, 2008 - Like Its Predecessor RotaShield, Offit's Rotateq May Be Linked To Intussusception - Adventures in Autism

* ►March 17, 2008 - Autism rises with childhood vaccines - The Roanoke Times - "Why are parents who are reporting that their previously healthy children descended into autism after a round of vaccines being taken less seriously than the drug companies who sell vaccines for profit? Not only are they not required to prove that vaccines are safe, new rules made by President Bush-appointed FDA officials in 2006 protect pharmaceutical companies from private liability litigation. The drug companies' poor safety records are regularly revealed, as drugs on the market have proven to be harmful and are pulled from distribution. Why were vaccines containing mercury, one of the most poisonous elements on the planet, ever given to babies? Only after public outcry was the mercury removed. (It is still in most flu shots.)"

* ►March 17, 2008 - Jenny McCarthy & E!'s Chelsea Lately on Autism - video - Age of Autism

* ►March 17, 2008 - Ariz. Legislature backs insurance mandate for autism coverage - AP via - "It's now headed to Gov. Janet Napolitano's desk."

* ►March 17, 2008 - T.O. mom gets life for drowning autistic daughter - CTV

* ►March 17, 2008 - Mike Wagnitz in Pediatrics Magazine - Age of Autism

* ►March 17, 2008 - The Greatest Fundraiser for Autism by Wayne Rohde - Age of Autism

* ►March 17, 2008 - Autism Salutes Blogs Autism and Military Readiness! by Angela Warner - Age of Autism

* ►March 17, 2008 - Independent study needed about children's vaccines - letter - Kennebec Journal via

* ►March 17, 2008 - No MMR jab link to autism - study - The Press Association via Google - "A new study has found no evidence to support the idea that the MMR jab damages the intestine and in turn causes autism. Researchers examined the so-called 'leaky gut' theory, which suggests that vaccines such as MMR can damage the wall of the intestine."

* ►March 17, 2008 - Leaky gut autism theory doubted - Children with autism do not appear to leak damaging proteins from their intestines, a study into the so-called "leaky gut" theory has suggested. - BBC

►March 17, 2008 - Champions of Autism: Every picture tells a story - University of Louisville News - "Autism Awareness Rally April 4, noon Belvedere, W. Main Street, by the river, downtown Louisville"

►March 17, 2008 - Autism.About.Com Adds a Second Weekly Newsletter with Blogs, Updates, Autism News -

►March 17, 2008 - Campaign to aid autism sufferers - The Journal, UK

►March 17, 2008 - Part two: Sex abuse case against Oakland couple was legal horror show - Detroit Free Press

* ►March 17, 2008 - Dr. Tom Gross: Like them or not, vaccines serve a purpose - Marin Independent-Journal - "When the polio vaccine came out, my mom dragged us all into town. She did not care that there were some side effects to the vaccine. She did not care that we did not want a 'shot.' She did not care if I thought that the needle looked as big as a harpoon, and that I cried the whole time. Her only care was that she now had a weapon against every mother's great fear at that time; namely, polio. She would no more have withheld that vaccine from us than she would have withheld food or clothing. She would have welcomed a measles vaccine if one had been available."

* ►March 17, 2008 - Fear factor - Confusion in the wake of a recent landmark autism case must not scare parents away from getting their children vaccinated against devastating ailments (requires registration or subscription) - Baltimore Sun

* ►March 17, 2008 - IAC Express Issue number 717 - Immunization Action Coalition - "The 317 Coalition is requesting that people who support the U.S. immunization program contact their U.S. senators and ask them to sign on to a letter in support of increased funding for the 317 Program for federal Fiscal Year 2009 (FY 2009). The 317 Coalition is a national network that advocates for increased funding for childhood, adolescent, and adult immunization programs."

* ►March 17, 2008 - Iowa recognized for jump in kids getting immunizations, 2nd best in US - Radio Iowa

* ►March 17, 2008 - Pneumococcal vaccine protection may be over-estimated - The Department of Health may have over-estimated the duration of protection offered by the pneumococcal vaccine, official documents reveal. (requires registration and link at site) - Pulse, UK - "Health Protection Agency data shows the duration of protection is closer to one year than the previously estimated five, the minutes of the JCVI Pneumococcal subgroup meeting in January reveal."

* ►March 17, 2008 - One in Four Girls - editorial (requires registration) - The New York Times - "The new findings strengthen the case for providing HPV vaccine to young girls and for regular screening of sexually active girls to detect infection."

►March 17, 2008 - Women’s History Month - The UAB Kaleidoscope - "'Every girl in college, regardless of their activities, should get the Gardasil vaccine, because it is proven to lower risks,' says Figh."

►March 17, 2008 - The Dangers of Abstinence-Only Education to Young Women - North Star Writers Group - "I can’t help but wonder, if men were at a greater risk for cancer as a result of HPV, would the ethics of these vaccinations be at all questioned?"

►March 17, 2008 - Boys need HPV vaccination too says BMA - HPV vaccination should be extended to cover boys as well as girls, says the BMA Public Health Committee, in a resolution passed at its annual conference. (requires registration and link at site) - Pulse, UK

►March 17, 2008 - New Vaccine To Protect Against Cervical Cancer - Bruneu Times via Bru Direct

►March 17, 2008 - HPV needs to be explained by parents - Middle Tennessee State University Sidelines Online

* ►March 17, 2008 - Allergy Therapeutics' shares fall as FDA keeps hold on key vaccine - MarketWatch - "While it's progressing, the clinical program for Pollinex Quattro remains on hold, said Chief Executive Keith Carter....He said the FDA is 'very conservative' about new forms of treatment and is proceeding cautiously with vaccine adjuvants."

►March 17, 2008 - Crucell, DSM extend PER.C6 licence with MorphoSys - AFX via Forbes

►March 17, 2008 - Science group boils down need for breakthroughs (requires registration or subscription) - Chicago Tribune

* ►March 17, 2008 - 5 years after SARS, Hong Kong chooses caution, closing schools amid flu outbreak - AP via International Herald Tribune

* ►March 17, 2008 - Bird flu claims another life - Sapa/AP via Independent Online

* ►March 17, 2008 - Fourth Child Dies From Flu - Thousands Of More Flu Cases Reported This Year - WCVB Boston via - "The Massachusetts Department of Public Health confirmed the state's fourth pediatric death associated with influenza. A 12-year-old girl from Worcester County died on Sunday from complications of influenza. Health officials also confirmed that a 14-year-old boy from Newton died Fiday from influenza-related pneumonia."

►March 17, 2008 - Officials cut back on flu vaccine - Livingston Daily Press & Argus

►March 17, 2008 - Force of the flu - This season likely is worse than last, but peak is over - Argus Leader

►March 17, 2008 - Flu vaccine wasn’t a perfect match - Albert Lea Tribune

►March 17, 2008 - Flu Cases Surge Across State - Connecticut Business News Journal

* ►March 17, 2008 - Nasty flu bug hitting city hard - Mountain Mail Newspaper - "She reported seeing flu cases as recently as last week. Even vaccinated residents appear to be getting the flu. Flu shots given this year didn't appear to help with the type of illness going around. Bouldin said health officials configured the shot with the best information they had available to them at the time."

* ►March 17, 2008 - StrionAir Air Purification System Proven to Capture, Contain and Kill Avian Influenza Virus - University of Colorado and CDC Study Finds Near 100 Percent Effectiveness in Destroying Dangerous Pathogen - press release - StrionAir via Business Wire - "No other air filtration provider matches StrionAir’s commitment to providing germicidal solutions – not only for avian influenza, but for other life-threatening diseases like tuberculosis, SARS, small pox and human influenza."

►March 17, 2008 - Nigeria: Bird Flu Re-Emerges in Borno - Daily Trust (Abuja) via

►March 17, 2008 - Bird flu covers 11 provinces - Bird flu continues to spread in the three provinces of Lao Cai, Quang Binh and Quang Nam. The disease is now in 11 provinces in three regions of Vietnam.
- VietNamNet Bridge

►March 17, 2008 - Bird flu discovered in Edinburgh - - "Veterinary experts believe that the strain is not the deadly highly pathogenic H5N1 strain."

* ►March 17, 2008 - Making a mark in the fight against polio - Chalk notations help roaming Unicef volunteers track efforts to immunize every child under 5 in Afghanistan (requires registration or subscription) - The Globe and Mail - "One glance at the door and the volunteers should be able to tell whether the house has been visited, how many children were there on the last visit and whether they were immunized. At least in theory. When the crew rapped on this particular door this week, they found children whose ink-marked forefinger and forehead indicated they'd already been immunized."

►March 17, 2008 - New meningitis death no public threat, officials say - Newsday

* ►March 17, 2008 - Massive Measles Vaccination Campaign Wraps Up in Pakistan - Protecting more than 34 million children against a deadly disease - press release - American Red Cross via PRNewswire-USNewswire via The Earth Times

►March 17, 2008 - Anti-measles vaccination drive inaugurated - Associated Press of Pakistan

* ►March 17, 2008 - Conflicts of Interest In Nevada Hepatitis C Investigation -

►March 17, 2008 - 'Explore HIV-positive kidney transplants' - Sapa via Independent Online

►March 17, 2008 - HIV 'Switch' Research Offers Promise -  University of Tennessee at Knoxville, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS via ScienceDaily

►March 17, 2008 - Severe West Nile Infection Could Lead To Lifetime Of Symptoms - American Society for Microbiology via ScienceDaily

►March 17, 2008 - Coventry Health Cites Flu For Cut in Earnings Outlook (free content) - The Wall Street Journal

* ►March 17, 2008 - Prescription drugs kill more people than illegal drugs in W.Va. - AP via The Charleston Gazette

►March 17, 2008 - Foodborne outbreaks from leafy greens on rise - American Society for Microbiology via

►March 17, 2008 - Childhood cancer death rates drop - More kids are beating the disease and moving forward with their lives - Staten Island Advance

* ►March 17, 2008 - ALK-Abello says Grazax vaccine successful in phase III study with children - AFX via Forbes - "Danish pharmaceutical company ALK-Abello AS said it has reached positive phase III study results with pollen vaccine Grazax in children."

* ►March 17, 2008 - Transgenic Lines Unstable hence Illegal and Ineligible for Protection - New evidence may pull the plug on GMOs. - Institute of Science in Society

* ►March 17, 2008 - Landmark 'Pediatric Allergies in America' Survey Uncovered Negative Impact of Allergy Symptoms on Children - Children with Allergies Less Productive Than Peers, Parents Reported - press release - American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology via PRNewswire via The Earth Times

►March 17, 2008 - Pediatric allergies take toll on kids too - Reuters

►March 17, 2008 - SC to decide on Novartis plea over anti-rabies vaccine in April - PTI via Daily News & Analysis

►March 17, 2008 - Rural Students - An Asset in 'Foreign' Disease Control - Foreign diseases are currently the focus for Kansas State University students. It National Agricultural Biosecurity Center and the College of Veterinary Medicine has enlisted first class rural veterinary scholars to study the state's plan and the role of the college should a disease from overseas - such as Foot and Mouth -arrive here. -

* ►March 17, 2008 - VacZine Analytics: Number of Available Vaccines Set to Double by 2015 - VacZine Analytics via Business Wire - "VacZine Analytics calculates that large companies are working on around 40 major vaccine projects in the clinical and submission stages. A further 55 new vaccines are also being developed by a diverse range of 35 smaller companies. The majority of projects in the total current vaccine pipeline are in the early stages of clinical testing e.g. Phase I and Phase II. 18 projects are in the last stages e.g. Phase III and submission and are focused on supporting key business franchises such as influenza, meningitis and pediatric combinations. This reflects increasing efforts among large players to defend near-term market share."

* ►March 17, 2008 - Hepatitis C Virus DNA Vaccine Shows Safety When Delivered by Inovio Biomedical’s Electroporation Delivery System in Phase I/II Clinical Study at Karolinska University Hospital - Inovio Biomedical via Business Wire

* ►March 17, 2008 - Recommended adult immunization schedule: United States, October 2007-September 2008. - Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices via

* ►March 17, 2008 - Tainted Drugs Put Focus on the F.D.A. (requires registration) - The New York Times

►March 17, 2008 - Fix the FDA -

* ►March 17, 2008 - Media: U.S. denies Indonesia's allegation on bird flu samples - Xinhua via China View - "The United States has flatly denied allegations it was producing biological weapons from bird flu samples sent by Indonesia to the World Health Organization, the English daily The Jakarta Post reported Monday."

* ►March 17, 2008 - Bayer Uses CME To Stop The Trasylol Bleeding - Pharmalot - "The point of the CME was to dissect a meeting last September of an FDA advisory committee, which voted to allow Trasylol to remain on the market after pondering data that linked the drug to a higher risk of death, kidney failure, congestive heart failure and stroke. This followed accusations Bayer hid adverse safety data, which were denied. Not surprisingly, the four docs who appear in the 28-minute CME offer reassurances that Trayslol serves a useful purpose while criticizing an earlier study that questioned the drug’s safety."

►March 17, 2008 - Roswell Park Cancer Institute Receives Grant To Develop Vaccine Against Ovarian Cancer - Roswell Park Cancer Institute via Medical News Today

►March 17, 2008 - Crucell and DSM Biologics Announce Additional PER.C6(R) Licensing Agreement with MorphoSys - Crucell N.V. and DSM Biologics via Market Wire via COMTEX via Market Watch

►March 17, 2008 - Bird flu kills 11-year-old Vietnamese boy - Reuters

►March 17, 2008 - Some West Nile patients never fully recover: study -

►March 17, 2008 - Lifestyle diseases offer big bucks for pharma - The Times of India

►March 17, 2008 - How To Solve The Crisis Over Drug Prices - Pharmalot

►March 17, 2008 - At $300,000 A Year, How Much Drug Is Too Much? - Pharmalot

►March 17, 2008 - People got SARS from toilet flushing - Canada Free Press

►March 17, 2008 - To Boost Growth, Lilly Tries A Shot Of… Diabetes - Pharmalot

►March 17, 2008 - Eli Lilly's Japan Unit Expects 11% Jump in 2008 Sales - Bloomberg

►March 17, 2008 - Donor Screening Assays for Infectious Agents and HIV Diagnostic Assays Antibody to Hepatitis B Surface Antigen (HBsAg Assay) - FDA/CBER

►March 17, 2008 - Bacterial Battle Generates New Antibiotics - Scientists have revealed the hidden diversity of natural antibiotics using a new approach that pits one type of bacteria against another. - Technology Review

►March 17, 2008 - New Leads For Treating Parasitic Worm Disease Schistosomiasis Identified - A research team supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Roadmap and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has identified chemical compounds that hold promise as potential therapies for schistosomiasis, a parasitic disease that afflicts more than 200 million people worldwide. The findings were reported in the advance online publication of the journal Nature Medicine. - NIH/National Human Genome Research Institute via ScienceDaily

►March 17, 2008 - Ill health 'costs economy £100bn' - A fundamental overhaul of the support given to workers who are off work through illness is needed, a government adviser says. - BBC

►March 17, 2008 - Are Generics As Good As Brand-Name Meds? - Pharmalot

►March 17, 2008 - A closer look at multiple sclerosis - Over the last 15 years, 6 new medications have become available to MS patients - Staten Island Advance

►March 17, 2008 - BMS to consider baby food sell-off (requires registration) - Financial Times - "Bristol-Myers Squibb is quietly sounding out potential bidders for a possible sale of Mead Johnson, its baby formula business, which is valued between $7bn-$9bn."

►March 17, 2008 - Pediatric eye evaluations: I. Screening. II. Comprehensive ophthalmic evaluation. - American Academy of Ophthalmology via

►March 16, 2008 - Premarin and Prempro Heyday Finally Over - Juries and medical journals are making hormone replacement therapy-mongering increasingly difficult for drug giant Wyeth. - AlertNet

►March 16, 2008 - Next generation of 'smart' drugs - Houston scientists find innovative ways to trick body's defenses, target tumors - Houston Chronicle

►March 16, 2008 - Aspirin may cut asthma risk - Thorax via Irish Health

* ►March 16, 2008 - Jenny McCarthy battles autism her own way (includes Canadian Press video) - CP via Prince George Citizen

* ►March 16, 2008 - Jenny McCarthy battles autism her own way - video - Canadian Press via The Cape Breton Post

* ►March 16, 2008 - Parenting, naturally - The Holistic Moms Network is growing like a healthy, happy child. Here are some members' views on everything from diapers to discipline. (requires registration) - Sacramento Bee - "Holistic moms brag about 'parenting to a different beat,' and some of their philosophies – on vaccinations, for example – are controversial. But their approaches run the gamut and they strive to be nonjudgmental of others, says Massotto."

* ►March 16, 2008 - Parents Forced To Wait A Year For Autism Diagnosis - Hospitals Slammed For Forcing Distraught Parents To Wait A Year To Find Out If Kids Like Ben Are Autistic - Sunday Mail, UK

►March 16, 2008 - Opening up a new world for children with autism - Danbury News Times

►March 16, 2008 - Autism cases, one by one - Couple assemble database to aid research for cure (requires registration or subscription) - Baltimore Sun

* ►March 16, 2008 - Tainted pet treats left teen fearing for his life - Boy lost 15 pounds during severe bout of salmonella - Calgary Herald via - "Brandon Jacklin will never handle a dog treat the same way after contracting salmonella from contaminated pork treats, now the subject of a voluntary national recall....Only after an official with the Calgary Health Region remembered a similar contamination problem involving dog treats nine years earlier did the family start to get answers."

►March 16, 2008 - All Connected - Forbes - "Merck is using a new technique that it believes could turn genetic information into new drugs, a key bottleneck for the pharmaceutical industry as it struggles to invent new medicines."

►March 16, 2008 - Wyeth increases presence in SR4.8nn Saudi drug market - AME Info - "Speaking about Wyeth's key focus in Saudi Arabia, Joe Henein - Managing Director, Wyeth MENA said: 'Wyeth is committed to ensuring that our products reach the patients who need them most. This especially includes Prevenar, Wyeth's vaccine against invasive Pneumococcal Diseases like Meningitis and Pneumonia in children, and Enbrel, for the thousands of patients who are crippled by rheumatoid arthritis.'"

* ►March 16, 2008 - Actor's Anguish: Quaid Twins' Overdose Highlights Deadly Effect of Hospital Errors - Actor Dennis Quaid has spent the past four months trying to make sense of the hospital error that almost killed his newborn twins last year, he told 60 Minutes Sunday. - FOX News

►March 16, 2008 - How to avoid Olympic fever - Those heading to Beijing for the Games should get some travel health advice first, writes Danielle Teutsch. - Sydney Morning Herald

►March 15, 2008 - Better safe than sorry - Closing schools, following the flu outbreak, was the right thing to do, on health grounds and to allay fears (requires subscription for full article) - South China Morning Post

►March 15, 2008 - Parents told to avoid lindane-laced lice shampoo - Canadian Press via CTV

* ►March 14, 2008 - ACIP Presentation Slides: February 2008 Meeting - CDC
* ►March 14, 2008 - Autism Treatment Federal Policy! Call To Action! - Autism Salutes Blog

►March 14, 2008 - SFH on influenza - Secretary for Food and Health: We have decided that the schools should be closed for two weeks, based on the scientific recommendation that the incubation period for influenza is usually from a few days to about seven days. With a stretch of two incubation periods, the school environment should be reasonably free from the virus. If all healthy children go back to school, the chance of cross spreading would be minimised. - - "Secretary for Food and Health: In our experience, Hong Kong has always been adopting a cautious approach to the use of Tamiflu. We do not use Tamiflu in general practice, and that is why we still do not have any significant percentage of resistance to the virus in Hong Kong."

* ►March 15, 2008 - The criminalization of parents - WorldNetDaily - "Homeschoolers are usually accused of "educational neglect," a form of child abuse. Like other child abuse accusations, it does not usually involve a formal charge, uniformed police, or a jury trial. Instead the accusations are leveled by social workers, whose subjective judgment is minimally restrained by due-process protections. As Susan Orr, head of the federal Children's Bureau points out, these social workers are in effect plainclothes police – but they are not trained or restricted like regular police."

* ►March 15, 2008 - FDA Orders Heparin Shipments To Be Tested at the U.S. Border (free content) - The Wall Street Journal

►March 15, 2008 - MT whooping cough cases ahead of last year - Montana's News Station

►March 14, 2008 - EPA cutbacks hurt science: Congress (requires registration) - The Scientist

►March 14, 2008 - FDA Plans Regulators in China - AP via The Washington Post

►March 14, 2008 - Cancer Drug Cetuximab Reaction Related to Immune System: Study - MedIndia

►March 13, 2008 - Eli Lilly Buys Rights to Diabetes Drugs - Eli Lilly Buys Development Rights to Diabetes Treatments in Transition Therapeutics' Pipeline - AP via CNNMoney

* ►March 13, 2008 - Mumps Cases Suspected at the University of Virginia - UVa Today - "According to Student Health Center records, 99.91 percent of undergraduate students and 99.56 percent of graduate students have been fully vaccinated."

* ►March 11, 2008 - A Not-So-Hidden History - Neurodiversity Weblog - "Published VICP decisions include at least nine instances in which compensation was awarded for the lifelong care of children and young adults who were diagnosed with autism or related conditions after they sustained documented, verifiable vaccine injuries."

►March 11, 2008 - New crop of chemicals is found in birds' eggs (requires registration) - Boston Globe

* ►March 2008 - RotaTeq vaccine adverse events and policy considerations. (pdf) - journal article (Medical Science Monitor)

►March 2008 - Translational Disconnect (requires registration) - Bioscience innovation is in crisis. What can we do about it? - The Scientist

* ►February 29, 2008 - How Physicians View the Issue: Parents Who Refuse Vaccines - YouTube

Autism Salutes - blog


Posted March 16, 2008


►April 2008 - Chronic unexplained anaemia in isolated autoimmune thyroid disease or associated with autoimmune related disorders - journal article (Clinical Endocrinology)

►April 2008 - Self medication with St. John's wort in depressive disorders: An observational study in community pharmacies - journal article (Journal of Affective Disorders)

►March 17, 2008 - NZ to foot $1m bill for HIV-positive refugees - NZPA via New Zealand Herald

►March 17, 2008 - Court rules on child HIV case 10 years after filing - Today's Zaman

* ►March 17, 2008 - Flu jabs planned for Hong Kong kids - Xinhua via China Daily - "Hong Kong is planning free flu vaccinations for 1 million children aged 12 and under to prevent further spread of the epidemic."

* ►March 16, 2008 - Autism: Learning and living with the unknown - Helena Independent Record - "For Diana Tavary of Helena, there’s no doubt that vaccines given to the youngest of her three daughters, McKenzie, now 17, are to blame for her autism. McKenzie was vaccinated when she was 6 months old, and two months later started having uncontrollable epileptic seizures. It was so intense that she was hospitalized. “That’s when we lost her,” Diana said. A year later, McKenzie was diagnosed with autism."

* ►March 16, 2008 - The AAP Still Doesn't Get IT -- And Never Will by Dan Olmsted - Age of Autism

* ►March 16, 2008 - Jenny McCarthy on CITY TV in Toronto - Age of Autism

* ►March 16, 2008 - And the Word of the Day is... by Marie Lee - Age of Autism

* ►March 16, 2008 - Welcome to the War on Disease: Part 2 by Julie Obradovic - Age of Autism

* ►March 16, 2008 - Mito/DNA/Autism/GFCF/Glutamate Thoughts From A Food Process Engineer - Adventures in Autism

* ►March 16, 2008 - More Questions About Vaccines and Autism -

►March 16, 2008 - The Mystery Of Autism - The Post-Journal

►March 16, 2008 - Autism: Learning and living with the unknown - Couple assemble database to aid research for cure (requires registration or subscription) - Baltimore Sun

* ►March 16, 2008 - A Heparin Tale: Dennis Quaid On 60 Minutes (includes video) - Pharmalot

* ►March 16, 2008 - State keeps wraps on cancer information - The News Journal via Delawareonline - "Although public health officials say they're trying to find out whether other cancer clusters exist, they won't let anybody else investigate cancer in Delaware. The Division of Public Health has adopted a policy that prevents even other medical researchers from examining cancer in Delaware."

* ►March 16, 2008 - Outdoors: Mercury levels prompt advisory on eating bass from four lakes - Des Moines Register

* ►March 16, 2008 - Intersex Fish Tied To River Die-Offs - Estrogen May Be To Blame In Shenandoah - The Daily News Record

* ►March 16, 2008 - Be Cautious Of Vaccines - letter - Harrisonburg Daily News Record

* ►March 16, 2008 - China Confirms Outbreak of Bird Flu - The Associated Press via Google - "Chinese officials have confirmed that bird flu was to blame for killing chickens in poultry markets in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, Hong Kong's health bureau Sunday. China's Ministry of Agriculture notified the administration that the birds tested positive for the H5N1 bird flu virus, marking the country's fifth outbreak among poultry this year, Hong Kong's Food and Health Bureau said in a statement."

►March 16, 2008 - The long-term effects of puberty suppressants - CANOE Lifewise Living

►March 16, 2008 - How premature puberty affects sexuality - CANOE Lifewise Living

►March 16, 2008 - Reaching puberty before preschool - CANOE Lifewise Living

►March 16, 2008 - Growing up too fast? - Obesity, plastic baby bottles and cosmetics have all been considered to explain why puberty is happening earlier - Toronto Sun

►March 16, 2008 - Olympics: China tags drugs to prevent athletes from misuse - Xinhua via China View

►March 16, 2008 - China, US working together on heparin investigation, Chinese official says - AP via International Herald Tribune

►March 16, 2008 - Nevada governor defends embattled health clinic, criticizes media - AP via San Diego Union-Tribune

►March 16, 2008 - Living Well: My gut instinct tells me to nix Nexium - Seattle Post-Intelligencer

►March 16, 2008 - Cutting Dosage of Costly Drug Spurs a Debate (requires registration) - The New York Times

►March 16, 2008 - Drug Maker Stays Close to Doctors and Patients (requires registration) - The New York Times

►March 16, 2008 - A new front in the STD war - The News-Gazette

►March 16, 2008 - Boycott Of Drug Major: Lacklustre response from docs -

►March 16, 2008 - New chemical has the potential to eliminate latent TB bacteria - BigNewsNetwork

►March 16, 2008 - New standard will limit mercury discharges - The Bay City Times

►March 16, 2008 - Combating the Eosinophil with Anti–Interleukin-5 Therapy (free full text) - journal article (NEJM) - "The role of eosinophils in common diseases — such as asthma, parasitic disease, or allergic reactions — remains speculative. Even more puzzling is the eclectic group of rare disorders that constitute the hypereosinophilic syndromes."

►March 16, 2008 - Keep the Phobias and Neuroses to Yourself - San Francisco Chronicle

►March 16, 2008 - Money matters get muddled for disabled - Newsday via Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

►March 16, 2008 - U-Iowa Child Health Research Benefits From $2.1 Million NIH Grant - The University of Iowa via Medical News Today

►March 16, 2008 - Health effects of mold exposure - Centre Daily Times

* ►March 15, 2008 - Much controversy surrounding Thimerosal and Vaccines - - "Now there are around 5,000 families wanting compensation from the federal government because they feel that developmental disorders such as autism are due to vaccines. This rise in cases has come about since the Joling (sic) case was announced. However, these cases have to have some kind of proof that vaccines were responsible since millions upon millions of people have received vaccines throughout the years and not had any developmental issues. Nevertheless, with the rise in autism, the number of Supplemental Social Security Income checks going out each month for children with autism has tripled in the past 20 years. In 1960, only 1.8% of children had some sort of health condition that endured for more than three months. This is compared to a rate of 7% in 2004."

* ►March 15, 2008 - Researcher Finds Link Between Chlamydia And Cervical Cancer - Medical University of South Carolina via Medical News Today - "The human papillomavirus (HPV), an infectious disease of the skin and inner membranes, is considered one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the world and a necessary agent of cervical cancer. Research now shows that Chlamydia increases this risk."

"Funding Information"
Medical University of South Carolina Annual Report for Research 2001-2002
Merck 1 Direct Costs $136,030  Total Award $170,038
July 2003 - June 2004
Merck  $635,333  $779,232

►March 16, 2008 - How to wreck a boy's life - Experts say an Oakland County detective ran roughshod over a 13-year-old in a sexual abuse case against his parents - Detroit Free Press

* ►March 15, 2008 - MMR take-up 'lower among educated' - This is London - "A team from Royal Holloway, University of London, examined data from the Millennium Cohort Study to see how attitudes towards the vaccines changed following the allegations - which have since been debunked by much of the scientific community. Research found that before 1998, highly educated parents were up to 8% more likely to take up the MMR vaccine than parents who did not go into further education. But by 2002, the trend had been reversed, with highly educated parents less likely to inoculate their offspring using the MMR jab. Of those who didn't, around half did not use single jabs either to protect their children against measles, mumps and rubella."

* ►March 15, 2008 - HK mulls flu jabs for all children - Gulf Times

* ►March 15, 2008 - FDA Will Test, And May Block, Heparin Imports - Pharmalot

* ►March 15, 2008 - Hiding of documents - Who Will Prevail? The People or PhRMA? - Alliance for Human Research Protection

* ►March 15, 2008 - State of Connecticut Files RICO Lawsuit v. Eli Lilly & Co - Alliance for Human Research Protection

* ►March 15, 2008 - Drug Firms Woo Democrats - Helping Defeat Their Bills - Alliance for Human Research Protection

* ►March 15, 2008 - A $3 trillion debacle - editorial (requires registration) - Boston Globe - "The entire federal budget for autism research, about $108 million, is spent every four hours in Iraq."

►March 15, 2008 - World Animal Health head pledges bird flu vaccine - Viet Nam News

►March 15, 2008 - $7.6 Million Grant To Develop Novel Treatment For Parkinson's Disease Awarded To Scripps Florida - The Scripps Research Institute via Medical News Today

►March 15, 2008 - From the March 12, 1938, issue - Science News

* ►March 14, 2008 - NJ Informed Consent Bill Passes Key Hurdle - Pharmalot - "A controversial New Jersey bill to require informed consent from a minor’s parent before a doc, nurse practitioner and other healthcare providers can write a prescription for any psychotropic that already carries a Black Box warning was approved overwhelmingly by the state assembly yesterday in a 72-to-3 vote. You can read the bill here. Now, an identical Senate version heads for what may be a fractious debate in the Senate health committee."

* ►March 14, 2008 - Court Quashes Request for Peer-Review Documents - ScienceNOW - "In a decision likely to be welcomed by editors everywhere, a federal judge in Chicago today denied a drug company's efforts to obtain confidential peer-review documents from a major medical journal. Although journals have successfully fended off such requests before, a loss in this case would have set a troubling precedent for other cases, including a similar suit pending in Massachusetts."

* ►March 14, 2008 - Philly Judge Rules ‘No Preemption’ In Paxil Case - Pharmalot - "A Philadelphia judge ruled this week that federal law can’t preempt a state product-liability claim concerning Glaxo’s alleged failure to warn about increased suicide risk of its Paxil antidepressant, The Legal Intelligencer reports."

* ►March 14, 2008 - Did Lilly’s New CEO Urge Off-Label Promotion? - Pharmalot

* ►March 14, 2008 - Zyprexa Label In Japan Was Tougher Than In US - Pharmalot

* ►March 14, 2008 - FDA Takes Next Step in Establishing Overseas Presence - Agency on path to establish offices in China - FDA

* ►March 14, 2008 - What Setbacks? Wyeth’s Essner Gets A Raise - Pharmalot

* ►March 14, 2008 - Preventable mumps cases rising in Canada - UPI - "By 1983, all Canadian provinces offered a single vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella, but rising mumps infection rates indicate fewer children are getting them, the report said."

* ►March 14, 2008 - Fallon free of hepatitis - Fallon Star Press - "The Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada was found to have "reused patient syringes carrying hepatitis C and administered multiple contaminated doses of medicine from dingle-dose vials," according to a March 11 article in the Reno Gazette-Journal. As a result, five nurse anesthetists voluntarily surrendered their licenses last week and Dr. Dipak Desai, majority shareholder of the Endoscopy Center, agreed last week to stop practicing medicine until the Nevada Board of Medical Examiners completes an investigation, the article said."

►March 14, 2008 - Alternative medicine fans more likely to get shots - BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine via Reuters Health

* ►March 14, 2008 - Antimalaria drug unsafe for some military personnel - Malaria Journal via Reuters Health

* ►March 14, 2008 - Human trials to begin on 'diabetes cure' after terminally ill mice are returned to health - Daily Mail, UK - "Most diabetes sufferers could be cured within four years if a revolutionary treatment involving the BCG vaccine works, scientists said yesterday."

* ►March 14, 2008 - Jenny McCarthy on CityTV Toronto talking about autism - Google Video

►March 14, 2008 - Number of flu deaths rises to 8 - AP via

►March 14, 2008 - MPS rejects deal on lawsuit - District critical of costs to settle special education litigation - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

►March 14, 2008 - Global: Group to Test Merck AIDS Drug in Gel - Reuters via

►March 14, 2008 - Special Ed teachers need all the time the budget can give them - The Island Sounder

►March 14, 2008 - Half of the children who fail key tests ‘have learning difficulties - Tehran Times

►March 14, 2008 - Taurel: Here Come The ‘Targeted Therapeutics’ - Pharmalot

►March 14, 2008 - New Technique Puts DNA Profiling Of E. Coli On Fast Track - Michigan State University, via EurekAlert! via ScienceDaily

►March 14, 2008 - Biosimilar Bill Is Introduced To Hoots & Hollers - Pharmalot

►March 13, 2008 - Research could put penicillin back in battle against antibiotic resistant bugs that kill millions - University of Warwick via Biocompare

►March 13, 2008 - Miliary tuberculosis with no pulmonary involvement in myelodysplastic syndromes: a curable, yet rarely diagnosed, disease: case report and review of the literature (pdf) - journal article (Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials)

* ►March 12, 2008 - Coal Awareness Week, Part 2: Do Mercury Emissions from Coal-Fired Power Plants Cause Autism? - RFK Action Front

►March 12, 2008 - Final Rule: Current Good Manufacturing Practice in Manufacturing, Packaging, Labeling, or Holding Operations for Dietary Supplements; Technical Amendment - Food and Drug Administration, HHS via

►March 12, 2008 - Hepatotoxicity associated with antiepileptic drugs - journal article (Acta Neurologica Scandinavica)

►March 12, 2008 - Notice: Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Good Laboratory Practice Regulations for Nonclinical Studies - Food and Drug Administration, HHS via

►March 12, 2008 - The Modern Face of Traditional Chinese Medicine: Charting a New Course - Knowledge Wharton, CH

►March 11, 2008 - Seizures in multiple sclerosis - journal article (Epilepsia)

* ►March 10, 2008 - IOM Urged to Recommend Conflict-Free Zone for Medicine - Center for Science for Public Interest - "With an estimated 70 percent of clinical trials now funded by industry, it is inevitable that numerous physician-researchers will have ties to industry, Goozner will note. But it is crucial to find unconflicted scientists to evaluate that evidence since there is a demonstrated correlation between the outcomes of research and the funding source of the researchers. CSPI will also call for the nation’s 700,000 physicians to wean themselves from dependence on industry support for their continuing medical education, and to stop taking gifts from industry salespersons, a near ubiquitous practice that clearly influences prescribing patterns."

* ►March 10, 2008 - EPA's 10-Year Study Builds Knowledge of Children's Health - Environmental Protection

* ►March 10, 2008 - Lawmaker: Criminalize Anonymous Internet Posts - Beg Head DC

►March 10, 2008 - Notice: Notice of Public Meeting: Seeking Comments on Implementation of the NIH Public Access Policy - The National Institutes of Health (NIH) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) via

►March 10, 2008 - Confronting the Challenge of Antimicrobial Resistance - NIAID describes research efforts aimed at reducing antimicrobial resistance - NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases via Biocompare

►March 10, 2008 - New Technique Puts DNA Profiling of E. Coli on Fast Track - Michigan State University via Biocompare

►March 7, 2008 - Bacteria Mix in Guts of Babies Predicts Obesity - HealthDay News via Yahoo!

* ►March 6, 2008 - Breaking the Nuremberg Code: The US Military’s Human-Testing Program Returns - - "The Pentagon is slated to release a suspected toxicant in Crystal City, Virginia this week, ostensibly to test air sensors. The operation is just the latest example of the Defense Department’s long history of using service members and civilians as human test subjects, often without their consent or awareness."

►March 5, 2008 - Infections in Infancy Do Not Protect Against Hay Fever (requires registration) - Allergy via Reuters Health via Medscape

►March 5, 2008 - Practice Guideline for Diagnosis and Management of Migraine Headaches in Children and Adolescents: Part Two (requires registration) (full text) - Journal of Pediatric Health Care via Medscape

►March 5, 2008 - Hyperactive Girls More Likely to Have Adjustment Problems in Early Adulthood CME (requires registration) - Archives of General Psychiatry via Medscape Medical News

►March 4, 2008 - Effect of Body Position Changes on Postprandial Gastroesophageal Reflux and Gastric Emptying in the Healthy Premature Neonate (requires registration) - Journal of Pediatrics via Medscape Pediatrics

►March 4, 2008 - Prolonged, Exclusive Breast-Feeding May Not Affect Behavioral Outcomes CME (requires registration) - Pediatrics via Medscape

►March 4, 2008 - Review Finds SSRIs Modestly Effective in Short-Term Treatment of OCD CME (requires registration) - Cochrane Revies via Medscape

►March 3, 2008 - Environmental Illnesses Haunt Some Who Covered 9/11 - Rescuers and construction workers aren't the only ones sickened by exposure to World Trade Center dust and smoke. Journalists, including photographers, are also reporting health problems. - Photo District News

* ►March 2008 - Hepatitis B virus infection and immunization status in a new generation of injection drug users in San Francisco - journal article (Journal of Viral Hepatitis)

* ►March 2008 - An Update on Antidepressant Toxicity: An Evolution of Unique Toxicities to Master (full text) - journal article (Clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine)

►March 2008 - Genetic variability in hepatitis C virus and its role in antiviral treatment response - journal article (Journal of Viral Hepatitis)

►March 2008 - Patient Subjective Assessment of Drug Side Effects in Inflammatory Bowel Disease. - journal article (Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology)

►March 2008 - Bowel Symptoms in Nonerosive Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease: Nature, Prevalence, and Relation to Acid Reflux. - journal article (Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology)

►March 2008 - Autism and Vaccine Safety Information for Parents - American Academy of Pediatrics

* ►February 29, 2008 - What is the Prevalence of Children with Special Health Care Needs? Toward an Understanding of Variations in Findings and Methods Across Three National Surveys (requires registration) (full text) - Maternal and Child Health Journal via Medscape

* ►February 28, 2008 - Factors associated with uptake of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR) and use of single antigen vaccines in a contemporary UK cohort: prospective cohort study - journal article (BMJ)

* ►February 27, 2008 - Suicide and a common allergy medication - WNYT News Channel 13 - "A Queensbury couple is blaming their teenage son's suicide on the allergy drug Singulair."

* ►February 26, 2008 - Pilot effort provides an early warning system for autistic children in Malaysia - UNICEF - "Malaysia’s Ministry of Health reports that autism cases are on the rise. Unfortunately, most cases are not detected until children are already in school."

* ►February 26, 2008 - Title: Membrane virus host range mutations and their uses as vaccine substrates (patent) - Research Development Foundation (Carson City, NV) via - "The present invention is directed to genetically engineered, membrane-enveloped viruses with deletion mutations in the protein transmembrane domains. Also provided are viral vaccines based on the engineered viruses, methods of producing and using such vaccines."

►February 26, 2008 - Title: RG1 antibodies and uses thereof (patent) - Bayer Schering Pharma Aktiengesellschaft (Berlin, DE) via - "The invention provides various immunotherapeutic methods for treating prostate and other cancers, including antibody therapy, in vivo vaccines, and ex vivo immunotherapy approaches."

►February 26, 2008 - Title: Prostate cancer specific internalizing human antibodies (patent) - The Regents of the California University (Oakland, CA) via - "Polyclonal anti-idiotype antibodies can be prepared by immunizing an animal with the antibodies of this invention prepared as described above. In general, it is desirable to immunize an animal which is species and allotype-matched with the animal from which the antibody (e.g. phage-display library) was derived. This minimizes the production of antibodies directed against non-idiotypic determinants."

►February 19, 2008 - An Oldie Vies for Nutrient of the Decade (requires registration) - The New York Times

►February 18, 2008 - Largest Ever Autism Study Identifies Two Genetic Culprits - New regions of the genome can now be plumbed in the search for new therapies for the mysterious mental disorder - Scientific American

►February 14, 2008 - Probiotics 'protect top athletes' - Probiotic supplements reduce the number and length of infections suffered by long-distance runners, Australian research has found. - BBC

►February 13, 2008 - Oral administration of the probiotic Lactobacillus fermentum VRI-003 and mucosal immunity in endurance athletes. - journal article (British Journal of Sports Medicine)

►January 18, 2008 - The Doctor Will See Your Credit Now - The Red Tape Chronicles via MSNBC - "The folks who invented the credit score for lenders are hard at work developing a similar tool for hospitals and other health care providers. The project, dubbed “MedFICO” in some early press reports, will aid hospitals in assessing a patient’s ability to pay their medical bills."

►December 3, 2007 - Fever May Improve Behavior in Autistic Kids - If Valid, Link May Shed Light on the Biology of Autism - ABC News

►June 2007 - My Experience with Autism - "Series: "M.I.N.D. Institute Lecture Series on Neurodevelopmental Disorder - Temple Grandin - YouTube

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THE STATE OF AUTISM IN THE STATE OF ILLINOIS - The Largest Autism Education Initiative for Government Officials Ever Undertaken - AutismOne - "The Partnership Programs will be held at the Westin O'Hare Hotel, in conjunction with Autism One 2008."

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